Friday, October 23, 2009

Fellow Democrat slams Stevens Miller, says he is "using the autistic community"

The Washington Post's Virginia Politics blog reports on a recent Loudoun County Board of Supervisors meeting:

Despite an aggressive campaign to get her kicked off Loudoun's chief advisory health board, a lobbyist who worked against autism legislation last year in Richmond was confirmed Tuesday to a third term.

On a 5-4 vote, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the reappointment of Mindy M. Williams, a lobbyist with Fairfax-based Access Point Public Affairs, to the Loudoun Health Council.

Her lobbying work against autism legislation during last year's General Assembly session caused Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles) to call for her ouster.


Miller has also used autism legislation as a chief component of his campaign for House delegate.

Supervisor Kelly Burk (D-Leesburg) said Williams's re-appointment to the volunteer position was "being used to raise an issue that's not there." She bluntly said Miller was using the debate as a political tool.

"This item uses the autistic community in a cruel and selfish manner," she said...

Calling out a fellow Board of Supervisors member with such blunt language, especially one in your own party, is virtually unheard of.

Now that even fellow Democrats can see through Miller's charade, will he cease his dishonest attacks and stop using the autistic community as a crutch for political gain?

If history is a fair indicator, it doesn't seem likely.

1 comment: said...

wow... Politics is getting past dirty when a completely defenseless portion of society is used this way.